Airborn or Australia - Apologies if on wrong list.

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyone, I wonder if anyone can tell me how this Pilot Officer ended up dying in Australia please.
    Pilot Officer
    Service Number 185353
    Died 05/01/1945
    Aged 23
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Ernest Llewellyn Biggs and Esther Elizabeth Biggs, of Queensferry, Flintshire, Wales.

    Location: New South Wales, Australia
    Number of casualties: 25
    Cemetery/memorial reference: Plot C. Row C. Grave 14.
    Any help would be appreciated, so I can tell his story. Kind regards, Mavis Williams
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You need one of our Aussie members who has Ancestry access to Australian records

    His UK birth
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Kenneth A H Biggs
    Registration Date: 1921
    Registration district: South Stoneham
    Inferred County: Hampshire
    Re-registration Year: 1921
    Mother's Maiden Name: Rowthorn
    Volume Number: 2c
    Page Number: 175

    But other files which I cannot access are:

    Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985
    Kenneth Arthur Henry Biggs

    Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
    Kenneth Arthur Henry Biggs

  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    54 Sqn Memorial Plaque | The Insight Online

    assumed either illness or aircraft crash/shot down
    For 54 Squadron the early days of WWII were spent patrolling the Kent coast before becoming heavily engaged in the Battle of Britain. It was following the Battle of Britain that Winston Churchill promised a fighter Squadron to Australia. 54 Squadron duly departed Liverpool on the 20th June 1942 arriving in Australia several weeks later. Following their arrival the Squadron was credited for numerous strikes on enemy aircraft. Sadly for the 19 men remembered on the plaque, 16 of whom were British, one American and one Australian; they would never make it home.
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  7. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    That is amazing, thank you, I had no idea why he would have been buried there. Thank you so much for everything, his story will be told. Kind regards, Mavis
  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    There`s a discrepancy on the Memorial Plaque article which Clive kindly posted and his CWGC and Headstone The Plaque article states Flight Sergeant the others Pilot Officer? From this I did a little digging and found he was indeed a Flight Sergeant but was promoted to a Pilot officer on 7th August 1944 .
    From Darwin Spitfires F/Sgt Biggs joined 54 Sqdn in 1942 his one and only `kill` was a fighter on 15th March 1943.

    As Biggs was originally a Flt Sergeant it meant he had another service number prior to his commission . This number was 1379821. A search on this new number actually brings up another photograph of the man but his face is obscured by the guy next to him here;-


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  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    BIGGS, Kenneth Arthur Henry - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 185353; file type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Dragon A34-65; Place - Mount Druitt, New South Wales; Date - 5 January 1945

    Summary heading
    BIGGS, Kenneth Arthur Henry - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 185353

    Descriptive note
    In addition to the file subject, the following servicemen are mentioned in this record:

    POWELL I C – (Warrant Officer); Service Number – RAF 1313994

    BROWN J B A – (Corporal); Service Number – RAF 34214

    TAYLOR Henry Allan – (Leading Aircraftman); Service Number – RAF 65276

    ASHURST George – (Pilot officer); Service Number – RAF 187809

    Crash of a De Havilland Dragon at Richmond, New South Wales on 5 January 1945

    De Havilland DH84 Dragon A34-65 of 2 Aircraft Depot Richmond (2 AD) RAAF encountered engine problems and attempted to make a forced landing at about 1215 hours on 5 January 1945 during a travel flight. Whilst attempting to reach a small clearing it stalled and spun into the ground at Plumpton Road, Mt. Druitt, New South Wales. The following five personnel on board, 3 RAF and 2 RAAF were all killed:-

    Pilot Officer George Ashurst (187809) RAF
    Pilot Officer Kenneth Arthur Henry Biggs (185353) RAF
    Warrant Officer Ian Castles Powell (1313994) RAF
    Corporal Bruce Allan Brownjohn (34214) RAAF
    Leading Aircraftman Henry Alan Taylor (65276) RAAF
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  10. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

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  11. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    There are no words that can describe my admiration for ALL the members of this forum, I would have been completely lost with out you all. I started researching WW1 for our local memorials over 7 years ago, a grandmother, to tell the story of the man or boy, and had wonderful help from The Great War Forum, and was then able to tell the stories of about 500 men, and without their help I couldn't have done it. Now I have the backup of this wonderful Forum, and I am so grateful - thank you. Before I started I felt that these men and boys had become also anonymous with sometimes just an initial and a surname and I know I have connected many families, so please accept my sincere thanks for your work and experience. Completing this project is for me, my biggest bucket list!!!
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  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Mavis your are doing a grand job keep going

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  13. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Clive, from you much appreciated. - Mavis

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